Thursday, May 24, 2018

9/11 Memorial and Museum Marks 16 Years

National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Next week will mark 16 years since the formal end of recovery operations at the World Trade Center. On May 30, 2002, the Last Column from the original World Trade Center site was ceremonially removed, marking the official close of the nine-month recovery effort.

Each year, on May 30, we gather to remember all those who responded to the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks and put themselves in harm's way to help or save others. Starting just hours after the towers fell, these remarkable men and women risked their own lives and health, in hopes of rescue, in support of families whose loved ones had been killed, and to pave the way for rebuilding and renewal. We owe each of them a debt of gratitude for their selfless commitment and perseverance.
 

Memorial Day is about remembering those members of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and community. Before you begin your holiday weekend, please join me in also remembering the courageous men and women of the 9/11 rescue and recovery.

To every first responder and recovery worker, representatives of relief organizations, and volunteers, from New York to Ohio, who came when we needed them most, thank you. Sixteen years later, your service and resolve continue to represent the very best of New York City — and America.

One year ago, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum announced a commitment to create a dedicated space on the Memorial plaza to recognize the tremendous capacity of the human spirit, as exemplified during the rescue, recovery, and relief efforts following the 9/11 attacks, and to honor the sacrifice of all who are now suffering or have died from 9/11-related illnesses caused by exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site. Please look for an email next week with an important announcement related to this new development at the Memorial.

Wishing you a meaningful Memorial Day,

Alice M. Greenwald
President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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